(Please do not take training advice from me on this...this training strategy is clearly why it takes me several weeks to recover from a marathon).
HOWEVER, I actually really love track workouts. As painful as they are during, I always feel a sense of accomplishment afterwards and the mother of all running highs as well.
This morning, I decided I would go to the track for the first time since Pre-Boston. I was actually excited just thinking about it and kind of nervous to see what my body would be able to do. I was secretly hoping (as I always do) that interval times that used to be hard would be a breeze and I would laugh and high five the other people there as I ran to do another 5 minute mile...
That's not exactly what happened.
I got to the track and sadly the giant man who usually walks around the track every morning and shouts encouragement to himself was NOT THERE! However, there WAS a skinny dude doing what appeared to be running form work. He surely must be an avid reader of my blog and read my last entry (Blog Entry On Running Form ;).
So I got goin'.
I ran some 800s....five to be exact with around 2:15 rest in between. I had wanted to do six right around 3:20 as a sort of "workout that is challenging but not horribly difficult. Which I pretty much did (minus 1 800) at 3:18 3:18 3:18 3:21, 3:20.
I didn't feel that great about it.
The problem wasn't the times, it was the amount of effort I put into it. I was sprinting the last 800 just to make the 3:20 mark, felt exhausted, and am pretty sure I couldn't have done another! It felt great to get out there, but my legs were glaring at me the whole time saying "What the heck? We haven't run faster than 8:00 miles in the last month...no way are we going 6:36ish...today!"
When I got back to my place, I chugged some Trop 50 Pineapple-Mango. Have I mentioned how much I love this stuff? 50 calorie fruit juice..all natural and all fruit, heck yeah! It's not quite as good as the real higher calorie stuff (in my opinion) but totally awesome for after workouts because it's more refreshing.
In fact Trop 50 and I took a post workout picture together....
Bottom line on the track workout, I am not exactly where I want to be for running a half marathon soon, speedwise, but...just gives me more room to improve, right?
Do ya do speed stuff? What are your favorite speed workouts? (for me...it's repeat miles for pure, gut wrenching satisfaction)
Have you tried Trop50 ? (I promise I don't work for them, I just like da juice after running).
Have a great Thursday!!